Complete Savoy Live Performances: Sept. 29, 1947-Oct. 25, 1950

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This four-CD set contains a somewhat streamlined presentation of Parker's complete known live broadcasts from New York's Royal Roost, dating during 1948 and 1949, augmented with five of the live September 29, 1947, Carnegie Hall recordings and one lower-quality tape made in Chicago during 1950. The vitality of these performances still radiates off the tapes in whatever format they're reproduced 50-plus years later -- the interaction between the bandmembers, which include Miles Davis or Kenny Dorham on trumpet and Max Roach at the drums, and Tadd Dameron or Al Haig at the ivories, is spellbinding. The difference between these performances and Parker's studio work of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This four-CD set contains a somewhat streamlined presentation of Parker's complete known live broadcasts from New York's Royal Roost, dating during 1948 and 1949, augmented with five of the live September 29, 1947, Carnegie Hall recordings and one lower-quality tape made in Chicago during 1950. The vitality of these performances still radiates off the tapes in whatever format they're reproduced 50-plus years later -- the interaction between the bandmembers, which include Miles Davis or Kenny Dorham on trumpet and Max Roach at the drums, and Tadd Dameron or Al Haig at the ivories, is spellbinding. The difference between these performances and Parker's studio work of the period is that he was always "on" for the broadcasts, and had already achieved something of a peak that he still missed in his studio work of the era -- those along with him rose to the occasion, as witnessed by Kenny Dorham's playing on Miles Davis' "Half Nelson" in December of 1947. On the other hand, nobody could touch Parker when he was at his peak on stage, which he ascends easily on a jam set to Irving Berlin's "White Christmas." The Chicago material, which exists on a separate CD from Savoy One Night in Chicago, isn't as well recorded -- the rhythm section is muted, and the balances are off, but Parker is certainly audible, and hearing his improvisations on material like Rodgers & Hart's "There's a Small Hotel" is worth the price of the disc, even on what amounts to a good audience tape. The source material has been very carefully mastered, striking a good balance between clean playback and fidelity to the original performance, and the dozens of pages of notes represent virtually a separate, free-standing book on Parker during this period in his career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/1999
  • Label: Savoy Jazz
  • UPC: 795041702128
  • Catalog Number: 17021
  • Sales rank: 49,532

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 52nd Street Theme - Charlie Parker Quintet (5:23)
  2. 2 Koko - Charlie Parker Quintet (2:32)
  3. 3 Groovin' High - Charlie Parker Quintet (5:02)
  4. 4 Big Foot - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:44)
  5. 5 Ornithology - Charlie Parker Quintet (5:44)
  6. 6 Slow Boat to China - Charlie Parker Quintet (5:20)
  7. 7 Hot House - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:25)
  8. 8 Salt Peanuts - Charlie Parker Quintet (3:52)
  9. 9 Chasin' the Bird - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:26)
  10. 10 Out of Nowhere - Charlie Parker Quintet (3:19)
  11. 11 How High the Moon - Charlie Parker Quintet (2:58)
  12. 12 Half Nelson - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:45)
  13. 13 White Christmas - Charlie Parker Quintet (5:10)
  14. 14 Little Willie Leaps - Charlie Parker Quintet (3:54)
  15. 15 Jumpin' with Symphony Sid/Be-Bop - Charlie Parker Quintet (5:04)
  16. 16 Slow Boat to China - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:30)
  17. 17 Ornithology - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:52)
  18. 18 Groovin' High - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:37)
  2. 2 Cheryl - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:41)
  3. 3 How High the Moon - Charlie Parker Quintet (5:04)
  4. 4 Scrapple from the Apple - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:08)
  5. 5 Bebop (3:31)
  6. 6 Hot House - Charlie Parker Quintet (5:07)
  7. 7 Oop Bop Sh'bam - Charlie Parker Quintet (5:05)
  8. 8 Scrapple from the Apple - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:39)
  9. 9 Salt Peanuts - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:08)
  10. 10 Groovin' High - Charlie Parker Quintet (3:43)
  11. 11 Scrapple from the Apple - Charlie Parker Quintet (3:29)
  12. 12 Barbados - Charlie Parker Quintet (3:51)
  13. 13 Salt Peanuts - Charlie Parker Quintet (3:42)
  14. 14 Scrapple from the Apple - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:52)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Barbados - Charlie Parker Quintet (3:56)
  2. 2 Bebop (3:28)
  3. 3 Groovin' High - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:47)
  4. 4 Confirmation - Charlie Parker Quintet (3:35)
  5. 5 Salt Peanuts - Charlie Parker Quintet (3:55)
  6. 6 Half Nelson - Charlie Parker Quintet (3:42)
  7. 7 A Night in Tunisia - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:53)
  8. 8 Scrapple from the Apple - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:59)
  9. 9 Deedle - Charlie Parker Quintet (2:39)
  10. 10 What's This? - Charlie Parker Quintet (2:15)
  11. 11 Cheryl - Charlie Parker Quintet (3:49)
  12. 12 Anthropology - Charlie Parker Quintet (5:51)
  13. 13 Hurry Home - Charlie Parker Quintet (2:27)
  14. 14 Deedle - Charlie Parker Quintet (2:06)
  15. 15 Royal Roost Bop - Charlie Parker Quintet (2:12)
  16. 16 Cheryl - Charlie Parker Quintet (3:25)
  17. 17 Slow Boat to China - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:40)
  18. 18 Chasin' the Bird - Charlie Parker Quintet (6:37)
Disc 4
  1. 1 There's a Small Hotel - Charlie Parker Quintet (10:13)
  2. 2 These Foolish Things - Charlie Parker Quintet (2:04)
  3. 3 Keen and Peachy - Charlie Parker Quintet (6:27)
  4. 4 Hot House - Charlie Parker Quintet (9:06)
  5. 5 Swivel Hips (Bird, Bass and Out) - Charlie Parker Quintet (3:37)
  6. 6 Goodbye - Charlie Parker Quintet (3:12)
  7. 7 A Night in Tunisia - Charlie Parker Quintet (5:09)
  8. 8 Dizzy Atmosphere - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:05)
  9. 9 Groovin' High - Charlie Parker Quintet (5:13)
  10. 10 Confirmation - Charlie Parker Quintet (5:35)
  11. 11 Koko - Charlie Parker Quintet (4:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Parker Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Tadd Dameron Piano
Miles Davis Trumpet
Kenny Dorham Trumpet
George Freeman Guitar
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Al Haig Piano
Milt Jackson Background Vocals, Vibes
John Lewis Piano
Shelly Manne Drums
Flip Phillips Tenor Saxophone
Max Roach Drums
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Ventura Tenor Saxophone
Dave Lambert Vocals
Tommy Potter Bass
Chris Anderson Piano
Al McKibbon Bass
Bruz Freeman Drums
Bennie Green Trombone
Joe Harris Drums
LeRoy Jackson Bass
Curly Russell Bass
Buddy Stewart Vocals, Background Vocals
Claude McLin Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Gil Fuller Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Loren Schoenberg Liner Notes
Lester Young Composer
Dave Lambert Composer
Steve Backer Producer, Executive Producer
Walter Fuller Composer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
Benny Harris Composer
Orrin Keepnews Producer, Liner Notes
Frank Paparelli Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Teddy Reig Producer
Jay Roberts Composer
Paul Bacon Liner Notes
Isabelle Wong Graphic Design
Morgan Lewis Composer
Paul Reid III Mastering
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